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‘31 Hajj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia in one day’

15 August 2017 17:34

 

At least 31 people have lost their lives in one day during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Monday that 31 pilgrims, all foreign nationals, had died on Sunday, without elaborating on the cause of their death

The report said more than 620,000 pilgrims had thus far traveled to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj rituals.

The kingdom organizes and administers the Hajj pilgrimage in the cities of Mecca and Medina.

Following two deadly incidents in September 2015, serious questions were raised about the competence of the Saudi authorities to manage the Hajj rituals.

Back then, over 100 pilgrims, including 11 Iranians, lost their lives when a massive construction crane collapsed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque. Thousands of people, including 465 Iranians, also perished in a human crush that same month.

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